Online Pre School- Is It Worth It?

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

During this COVID-19 all schools have shut down and honestly put a strain on parents all across the US. #covid19 It definitely gave parents much appreciation to their teachers. Teaching is a daunting task but so rewarding. I am currently a Special Education Teacher and I love every minute of what I do. When the quarantine hit I was not worried as I was equipped to ensure my children didn't miss the education that they need. But that is not the case for the next household. Research has found that quality early learning experiences are critical for children. Online preschool has the potential to address two serious problems with the current state of preschool: access and cost. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one hour of screen time per day for children ages 2 to 5. And kids sitting quietly, clicking on a mouse is the opposite of what preschool should be about, say many experts.

Ideally, early learning opportunities teach kids about emotions, how to make friends and get along with other children. Most argue with an online setting that is not possible. WRONG! I am here to tell you it is very possible and since the quarantine, it has happened. Little Dandies Learning Academy is a privately owned Early Learning Center located in Arlington, TX, who specializes in preparing your little one for grade-school and beyond! They offer standard 9-month programs, Summer Programs, Special Needs, and online classes. The program includes an exclusive curriculum, Highpoint Curriculum, That prepares your little one for KIndergarten. This curriculum has been successful for over 30 years and although the techniques are old school--IT WORKS!

  • Children who attend quality preschools display greater self-regulatory behavior and academic skills than their counterparts who don’t attend preschool, according to new research.

  • Benefits such as increased vocabulary gained through socializing with other kids and a love for books can provide a leg up for children throughout their academic careers.

  • Children attending preschools where teachers receive additional training can still show academic gains by as much as a quarter of a letter grade by the start of high school

Choosing the right preschool for your child

How do I know which preschool is right for my kid? Parents should research the availability of high-quality preschools in their area so that they know what to expect from the programs available.

Parents should ask about:

  • Assessments that are done in the classroom to monitor progress

With Little Dandies Learning Academy we access as we go- Since classes will be conducted online- During Pre School Pals this will be a great time for one on one along with much needed socializing. There will be an appointment Parent Conference Times at the convenience of the parents for a more personal feel.

  • The education and experience levels of teachers and assistants

Little Dandies Learning Academy staff has over 4years of Early Education Experience with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Director, LaToria Bolden(ME!) is pursuing a Bachelor's in Special Education and will be a certified teacher for the year 2021-2022. Her expertise and volunteer work keeps her up to date with all the latest trends and is well equipped to teach your little ones.

  • Turnover rates for the school staff

Little Dandies is a one-woman show so the small classes provided will provide that extra attention our little ones need.

  • where the staff has received training from, specifically pertaining to early childhood education

Little Dandies Learning Academy Director obtained her education from Liberty University, An awesome private Christian-Based University based in Lynchburg, VA.

Finding a program when money is tight

These days money is tight and I completely understand. Who can pay 20,000 a year for a private preschool? Not Me! Most parents see the benefits of preschool but many cannot afford the rates. Little Dandies Learning Academy has you covered! Classes are T_TH or T_TH_Fri and each class is only 30 minutes! Yes, let's face it these little ones aren't going to hold their attention for too long so braking each class up in 30 minutes is more than enough. For only $70 a month(T_TH Classes) or $95 a month(T_TH_FRI Classes). That is way below market value and very affordable for the average household. Little Dandies Learning Academy wants every child to have access to quality early childhood education.

Little Dandies Learning Academy is open for business and accepting registration for their Summer Program beginning June 2nd. Learn More and Enroll Here: LDLA

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